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Leander, M., Lampa, E., Rask-Andersen, A., Franklin, K., Gislason, T., Oudin, A., . . . Janson, C. (2014). Impact of anxiety and depression on respiratory symptoms. Respiratory Medicine, 108(11), 1594-1600
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2014 (English)In: Respiratory Medicine, ISSN 0954-6111, E-ISSN 1532-3064, Vol. 108, no 11, p. 1594-1600Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Psychological factors such as anxiety and depression are prevalent in patients with asthma. The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between respiratory symptoms and psychological status and to estimate the importance of psychological status in comparison with other factors that are known to be associated with respiratory symptoms. This study included 2270 subjects aged 20-44 (52% female) from Sweden, Iceland, and Norway. Each participant underwent a clinical interview including questions on respiratory symptoms. Spirometry and methacholine challenge were performed. Symptoms of depression and anxiety were measured using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). Eighty-two percent of the subjects reported no anxiety or depression whatsoever, 11% reported anxiety, 2.5% depression and 4% reported both anxiety and depression. All respiratory symptoms, such as wheezing, breathlessness and nightly symptoms, were more common, at a statistically significant level, in participants who had depression and anxiety, even after adjusting for confounders (ORs 1.33-1.94). The HADS score was the most important determinant for nightly symptoms and attacks of breathlessness when at rest whereas bronchial responsiveness was the most important determinant for wheezing, and breathlessness when wheezing. The probability of respiratory symptoms related to HADS score increased with increasing HADS score for all respiratory symptoms. In conclusion, there is a strong association between respiratory symptoms and psychological status. There is therefore a need for interventional studies designed to improve depression and anxiety in patients with respiratory symptoms.

National Category
Respiratory Medicine and Allergy
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-239379 (URN)10.1016/j.rmed.2014.09.007 (DOI)000345733800004 ()25282543 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2014-12-25 Created: 2014-12-22 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved
Leander, M., Lampa, E., Janson, C., Svärdsudd, K., Uddenfeldt, M. & Rask-Andersen, A. (2012). Determinants for a low health-related quality of life in asthmatics. Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, 117(1), 57-66
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2012 (English)In: Upsala Journal of Medical Sciences, ISSN 0300-9734, E-ISSN 2000-1967, Vol. 117, no 1, p. 57-66Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

People with asthma suffer from impaired health-related quality of life (HRQL) but the determinants of HRQL among asthmatics are not completely understood. The aim of this study was to study determinants of low HRQL in asthmatics and to study whether the determinants of HRQL differ between sexes and age groups.

A cohort of three age groups in Sweden was investigated in 1990 using a respiratory questionnaire. To study quality of life, the generic instrument Gothenburg Quality of Life was used. The participants were also investigated with interviews, spirometry and allergy testing. Asthma was diagnosed in 616 subjects.

Fifty-eight percent (n=359) of the subjects were women. Twenty-four percent were smokers, 22% ex-smokers and 54% were non-smokers. Women were more likely than men to report poor health-related quality of life. Respiratory symptoms severity was another independent determinant of a lower quality of life as well as airway responsiveness to irritants. Current and former smokers also reported lower quality of life. Finally, absenteeism from school and work was associated with lower quality of life.

Factors such as sex, smoking habits, airway responsiveness to irritants, respiratory symptom severity, allergy, and absenteeism from school and work were associated with low HRQL in asthmatics.

Keywords
asthma, GQL, quality of life, generic instrument, prognostic
National Category
Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
Research subject
Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129457 (URN)10.3109/03009734.2011.638730 (DOI)000300304000010 ()
Available from: 2010-08-16 Created: 2010-08-16 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
Leander, M., Janson, C., Uddenfeldt, M., Cronqvist, A. & Rask-Andersen, A. (2010). Associations between mortality, asthma, and health-related quality of life in an elderly cohort of Swedes. Journal of Asthma, 47(6), 627-632
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2010 (English)In: Journal of Asthma, ISSN 0277-0903, E-ISSN 1532-4303, Vol. 47, no 6, p. 627-632Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

BACKGROUND: Asthma is a common chronic health condition among the elderly and an important cause of morbidity and mortality. Some studies show that subjective assessments of health-related quality of life (HRQL) are important predictors of mortality and survival. The primary aim of this study was to investigate whether low HRQL was a predictor of mortality in elderly subjects and whether such an association differed between subjects with and without asthma. METHODS: In 1990, a cohort in middle Sweden was investigated using a respiratory questionnaire. To assess HRQL, the generic instrument Gothenburg Quality of Life (GQL) was used. The participants were also investigated by spirometry and allergy testing. The present study was limited to the subjects in the oldest age group, aged 60-69 years in 1990, and included 222 subjects with clinically verified asthma, 148 subjects with respiratory symptoms but no asthma or other lung diseases, and 102 subjects with no respiratory symptoms. Mortality in the cohort was followed during 1990-2008. RESULTS: Altogether, 166 of the 472 subjects in the original cohort had died during the follow-up period of 1990-2008. Mortality was significantly higher in men, in older subjects, in smokers, and subjects with a low forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV(1)). There was, however, no difference in mortality between the asthmatic and the nonasthmatic groups. A higher symptoms score for GQL was significantly related to increased mortality. No association between HRQL and mortality was found when limiting the analysis to the asthmatic group, although the asthmatics had a lower symptom score for GQL compared to the other groups. CONCLUSION: A higher symptom score in the GQL instrument was significantly related to increased mortality, but this association was not found when analyzing the asthmatic group alone. The negative prognostic implications of a low HRQL in the whole group and the fact that the asthmatic group had a lower HRQL than the other group supports the use of HRQL instruments in clinical health assessments.

Keywords
asthma, generic instrument, GQL, mortality, quality of life
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-134194 (URN)10.3109/02770901003617402 (DOI)000282518900006 ()20626313 (PubMedID)
Available from: 2010-11-22 Created: 2010-11-22 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved
Leander, M. (2010). Health-Related Quality of Life in Asthma. (Doctoral dissertation). Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis
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2010 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Health-related quality of life (HRQL) has become an important outcome in asthma, since traditional outcomes, such as respiratory symptoms and pulmonary function, might not entirely express the patient’s perception of the limitations caused by the disease. The aim of this thesis was to study HRQL in asthma and to analyse if HRQL was related to asthma onset and prognosis. Other aims were to identify determinants of low HRQL in clinically-verified asthmatics, and to study whether low HRQL was a predictor of mortality.

In 1990, a self-administered questionnaire was completed by 12,560 individuals from three age groups (16, 30-39, and 60-69 years) in two counties of Sweden. In a second phase, all subjects who reported a history of obstructive respiratory symptoms (n = 1,851) and 600 randomly-selected controls were invited to a clinical investigation including spirometry, allergy testing, and assessment of HRQL with the Gothenburg Quality of Life instrument. In 2003, the eligible subjects in the cohort (n=11,282) were sent a new questionnaire. Mortality data in the cohort was followed up during 1990–2008 using data from the National Board of Health and Welfare Mortality Database.

The 616 subjects with clinically-verified asthma 1990 had significantly lower HRQL than subjects without asthma. In the 2003 follow-up, the 305 subjects with persistent asthma had a lower HRQL than the 155 subjects who showed improvement in asthma during the follow-up. Subjects who had developed asthma by the follow-up had a significantly lower HRQL at baseline than those who did not develop asthma. Significant determinants of quality of life in asthma were female sex, smoking habits, higher airway responsiveness to irritants, respiratory symptom severity, positive skin prick test, and absenteeism from work or school. Low HRQL was related to increased mortality, but this association was not found when analyzing the asthmatic group alone.

In conclusion, measurements of HRQL are of value for evaluating both the impact and progression of asthma.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2010. p. 71
Series
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Medicine, ISSN 1651-6206 ; 584
Keywords
Asthma, Adult, Quality of Life, Cohort Studies, Longitudinal study, Questionnaires, Epidemiology, Prognosis, Gothenburg Quality of Life Instrument, Göteborg Quality of Life Instrument
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-129626 (URN)978-91-554-7864-3 (ISBN)
Public defence
2010-10-02, Hörsalen, Akademiska sjukhuset, Dag Hammarskjölds väg 17, Uppsala, 09:15 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2010-09-08 Created: 2010-08-19 Last updated: 2010-09-08Bibliographically approved
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